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Three key things learned about Napoli from its win vs Sampdoria on Sunday

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1. Having the least losses in the Serie A doesn’t promise a top-two finish

Napoli’s midfielder Marek Hamsik from Slovakia (L) celebrates after scoring with teammates Napoli’s forward Jose Maria Callejon (C) and Napoli’s midfielder Piotr Zielinski of Poland during the Italian Serie A football match Sampdoria Vs Napoli on May 28, 2017 at the ‘Luigi Ferraris’ in Genoa. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Napoli lead the league with the least amount of losses this season: four. Scudetto winner Juventus lost five games and second place side Roma lost seven. However, Napoli comes out as the side that has to worry about qualifying for the Champions League group stage.

The Partenopei lost out on automatic qualification and better yet, a first place and Scudetto finish because of the eight draws they tallied this season. Napoli drew against the likes of Palermo, Sassuolo twice, Pescara and Genoa. Looking back in hindsight, if Napoli had won three of those draws, it would have won the Scudetto. Just two wins from those draws and it would have guaranteed its name in the Champions League. Therefore, a team losing the least doesn’t mean they’ll finish as one of the top two Serie A teams. A stronger mentality is needed to pick up those crucial victories against smaller and inferior clubs.

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